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The Woodcarver’s Snow-kissed Christmas

Reed Archer is a man with a past. His new-found faith in God will not be believed by those who know his history.

Ann Wright is a woman who wants to control her future. Her skill as an artist drives her need to be independent in a time when women usually must rely on the men in their lives to make decisions for them.

Can a risky proposition at Christmastide make them see each other in new light and bring a happily-ever-after for both of them?

KU Book Review :

I enjoyed this story about Christmas and the question whether a person can really change. A person might put on a good front while courting, but will they fall back on evil or brutal actions once there is a marriage and the victim can no longer easily escape? Will a person fall back on destructive behavior s once they resume associating with the same people or circumstances that led to the same destructive in the past? This was a sweet romance with a strong Christian theme.

Book Review: A Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau

In a pair of classic Regency-era Christmas romance novels from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, the holidays herald the greatest gift of all: unexpected, all-consuming love.
 
A CHRISTMAS BRIDE
The very wealthy Edgar Downes has promised his aging father to finally take a bride—specifically, to wed a titled lady by Christmas. London is full of pretty, proper, and eligible misses, but it’s the widow Helena, Lady Stapleton, in a shocking red dress, who captures Edgar’s attention. Helena is intrigued by the seductive stranger—but he’s simply not in her class. Marriage, of course, would never do. But in a season of miracles, something wondrous is about to happen.
 
CHRISTMAS BEAU
Not even the warm, forgiving Christmas spirit can stop the Marquess of Denbigh from settling his score with Judith Easton: The beautiful young widow injured Denbigh’s pride years ago by jilting him for another man. Now that Judith is free from a nightmare marriage, the handsome marquess has her in his sights—and wants her in his arms. But to trust the tender words on his lips, Judith must not only see past the hardness of his heart, but learn once again to trust her own heart’s desire.

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Both stories classic Mary Balogh. beautifully written and full of sadness and hope combined. the first is a widow who cannot forgive herself for something in the past and a wonderfully understanding man who helps her through to find great happiness. the second ,a marquis who was jilted eight years before and now is ex fiancé is a widow and he is bent on revenge. As in all Balogh’s books one has to go through the depths of despair in Christmas bride before it results in happiness for all. Christmas beau is more sparky, both parties , she is in the past, and he in the present time in the story, behave badly. thi story is lightened by her two children from her marriage who the marquis becomes deeply fond of. all is well in the end. Published in Nov 2012

Christmas in the Glen Blitz


Glen Highland Romance, Book 9


Historical Romance

Date Published: 11-28-2022

 

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Dawn has not bothered searching a man worthy of being a husband, until the day someone tries to win her heart in the most mysterious way . . .


When mysterious gift appears outside the kitchen door at Broch Invershin at the start of Yuletide, Dawn Fraser cannot pass it by without investigating. It is then followed by a string of gifts, all for Dawn, and gifted by someone who knows all her preferences.


The giver must be someone who knows her well. Could it be the rakish and handsome Drummond? They had been sharing glances and secret kisses. Might he be Dawn’s admirer?


Yet Drummond seems oblivious to any gifts that have set the kitchen maids into a tizzy. And Dawn is mystified as to who her benefactor might be, until a mind-spinning Hogmanay celebration where a masked man shares a dance, and a passionate kiss, with her.


A man who is definitely not Drummond!


When she does learn her admirer’s identity, she also learns the depth of his love and desire.

Will Dawn be able to open her heart to this mystery man? Or will Drummond stand in their way?


 

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Book Review: The Duke Alone

For an abandoned lady and a reclusive duke, the winter season brings a swirl of romance—and danger—in a bracing novel by USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell.

Lady Myrtle McQuoid has always felt a little forgotten, and this season is no exception. When her boisterous family vacates their London townhouse for the country, Myrtle finds she’s been left behind. But she just needs to stay warm, keep her belly full, and distract herself until her relatives realize their mistake and turn back to collect her. Surely that won’t take long.

Brooding widower Val Bancroft, the Duke of Aragon, has shut himself off from the world. He craves blessed solitude—a loyal dog, a silent house, and his own company are all he requires. Certainly not the nonstop chattering of the joyful, opinionated young woman next door.

But with a potential threat lurking in the winter shadows, Myrtle may need to pluck up the nerve to approach the reclusive duke. And Val is not one to turn his back on a vulnerable lady.

Amid the silent nights of London, beneath a blanket of snow, could the light of a new, warm love be kindling?

KU Historical Romance:

A story that could be likened for Beauty and the Beast (and some villainous scenes from the movie Home Alone). On!y the Beast was an embittered Duke whose love for his dead wife made him morose and cynical; and a Lady inadvertently left by her family- Home Alone.
In all seriousness this was a story of learning to love again after a deep and heart wrenching loss. A loss that occurred at Christmastide. This made me cry buckets; a pure romantic story that is rated PG, well-written without the steamy sex to keep the reader engaged.

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Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Clean & Wholesome

Date Published: November 17, 2022

Publisher: Wolf Publishing


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In this sweet enemies-to-lovers Regency romance by Jennifer Monroe, a strongheaded woman meets her match when an arrogant knight vows to take over the very theater she cherishes.


A Knight with a destiny. A secret that can unravel it.

Sir Aaron Kirkwood knows no woman can resist his good looks or charms. With no time for romance, his focus is on the local theater, which he hopes to turn into a gentlemen’s club. His first point of resistance, however, comes from a wild and undisciplined beauty from the local school for young women. Miss Dunston is flirty, and her pouty lips are tempting, but Aaron knows what it will take to tame her.

 

Her beauty is her strength, and she’ll use it to guarantee the arrogant knight’s failure.

A secret past has ensured that no man will ever be able to love Miss Louisa Dunston, thus forever sealing her destiny. Living part of her life as a lie, she uses her looks to hide the pain she carries inside. When a handsome yet arrogant knight attempts to purchase the local theater, Louisa knows she must do whatever it takes to stop him. Even if it means lowering herself to his standards and playing a dangerous and flirtatious game.

 

Two secrets, one destiny.

Sir Aaron finds that with each talk of compromise, the passion and kisses he shares with Louisa are becoming too much to resist. As his feelings change, he fears she may learn the secret behind his newly bestowed title. And for Louisa, what begins as a way to save the theater turns into something far more pleasurable. In their quest for love, can they accept one another’s pasts and change their destinies for-ever?


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Jennifer Monroe writes Regency romances you can’t resist. Her stories are filled with first loves and second chances, dashing dukes, and strong heroines. Each turn of the page promises an adventure in love and many late nights of reading.

With over twenty books published, her nine-part series, The Secrets of Scarlett Hall, which tells the stories of the Lambert Children, remain a favorite with her readers.


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Book Review: Lady Briar Weds the Scot 


 
From the USA Today bestselling author Fenna Edgewood comes an enchanting and passionate story about a mismatched young lady and a stubborn laird who surrender their hearts to one another despite their best endeavors…

Beautiful and eligible, Briar Blakeley is the beloved youngest sister of a duke. Eschewing the London marriage mart, she has no plans to wed anytime soon… until she’s abducted alongside her family’s handsome Scottish gardener and cast into a web of intrigue and secrets.

Swept Away to Scotland…

Wren Spencer returned from the wars with the French to find a bitter feud has split him from his clan—and his birthright. Putting the rejection behind him, he takes up a quiet life at Blakeley Manor tending shrubbery as the gardner. Three years later, a group of loyal Highlanders are determined to bring Wren home—whether he wishes to go or not. The other problem? They’ve mistaken Briar for his wife and kidnapped her along with him.

Forced to Wed…

Now that Briar has been compromised and carried off to Scotland, she must wed one of two men. The only question is who will she choose? When Wren proposes a marriage of convenience, he tells himself honor drives him—not the ripe lips and bright spirit of the young woman who has resurrected his heart with something he thought he would never feel again. A rare and passionate love. But when dark deeds threaten his new bride, the Scottish laird finds himself caught up in a dangerous game and must risk his legacy and even his life to save the woman who has become most precious to him.

An unforgettable journey to the Highlands, in a tale replete with romance, mystery, and laughter.

Historical Romance review:

This book introduces us to an interesting cast of characters, some of whom I hope we see make cameos in the upcoming books in the series or who might someday get their own book. Angus and Esme are two who come to mind. I also appreciated that while Lady Briar and Wren get their Happily Ever After, there is some tragedy in the book as well. A word of caution for those who may be triggered by references to sexual assault or domestic abuse, instances are referenced, but they are not explicitly in the story.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the Blakely Manor Series!

Cover Reveal : An Arranged Christmas by Mary E. Taylor

An Arranged Christmas
Mary E. Taylor
Publication date: December 6th 2022
Genres: Action, Historical, Holiday, Romance

Can Bain bring forth a Christmas miracle and prove his love to his reluctant bride-to-be? Not if she has anything to say about it.

Her family faces financial ruin, but Lady Adalyn can’t accept that the only way to save them is to marry for money, not love. When her parents arrange for her to wed a stranger despite her objections, she flees her childhood home. Just when she thinks her daring escape has been a resounding success, she finds herself in more trouble than ever.

When her knight in shining armor sweeps in like a fairytale, Adalyn can hardly believe it. He’s charming and dashing, with the most beautiful green eyes she’s ever seen. She’s completely smitten with her handsome stranger. That is, until she realizes who he is…

Viscount Bain Cooke can’t believe his luck. His future bride is witty and beautiful, with a strong mind and delightfully sharp tongue. She’s less than thrilled with their engagement, but he couldn’t imagine a better fit. He only has until Christmas Day to change her mind, and time is running out.

Can Adalyn open her heart to the possibility of love in her arranged marriage?

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Mary E. Taylor is a historical romance author and freelance editor who adores anything romance, speculative fiction or horror. She lives in Southwest Florida with the love of her life, her amazing children, and all her furbabies.

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Book Review: The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas

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In these Texas-set stories of romance and adventure, the Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it’s time for three rugged fighters to become lovers . . .


FATHER GOOSE
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas
Dispirited by war, when Trapper Hawkins accepts a job hauling five little rich girls to Dallas, all he cares about is the money. He doesn’t expect they’ll awaken his spirit—or that their intriguing nursemaid, Emery Adams, will awaken his heart. And when danger strikes as Christmas Eve nears, he definitely doesn’t expect Emery and the girls to risk their lives—for him . . .

THE MISTLETOE PROMISE Sharla Lovelace
A catastrophic storm, an ailing herd, and a failing cattle ranch have left Texas rancher Josie Bancroft in danger of losing everything her father worked for. Still, she’d rather die than merge with her neighbor rancher Benjamin Mason, the man who broke her heart years ago, on Christmas Eve. As old sparks fly and secrets are revealed, however, Ben is determined to help Josie—and prove that this time around can be different. That the misunderstandings of Christmas past need not define their future . . .

ALMOST CHRISTMAS
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Linda Broday
Noelle Blessing owns The Sugar Spoon, a candy shop in Blessing Falls, Texas. But despite her festive name and delicious occupation, Christmas doesn’t promise to be sweet this year—thanks to the curvy confectioner’s resentful ex-fiancé. When he shows up at the town’s holiday dance spoiling for trouble, Noelle grabs the nearest cowboy to partner with. Cord Dalton is more than happy to play the hero—and the new boyfriend too. And by the time Christmas rolls around, what began as pretend might just be the equally unexpected gift of the real thing . . .

KU Book Review:

This takes you way back in time, back when Native Americans were known as Indians and White Men were known as Cowboys and Soldiers. This Young Soldier volunteered to pick up children from a boat as they were coming back from Prep School and take them a distance back to their home where their father waited for them along with another young lady who volunteered to go with them to watch over them and care for them on their journey home. It was interesting picturing a time way back when and the things that they encountered along the way. Check this book out from Jodi Thomas.

In The Shadow of The Apennines Blitz

In The Shadow of The Apennines
Kimberly Sullivan
Publication date: October 21st 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Women’s Fiction

An American divorcée. An Italian shepherdess.
Separated by a century, united by common dreams.

The sleepy little Abruzzo mountain town of Marsicano seems about as far as Samantha can flee from her failed marriage and disastrous university career. Eager for a fresh start, Samantha begins to set down roots in her Italian mountain hideaway.

At first, the mountain retreat appears idyllic, but an outsider’s clumsy attempts at breaking into the closed mountain community are quickly thwarted when the residents discover Samantha’s snarky blog ridiculing the town and its inhabitants.

Increasingly isolated in her mountain cottage, Samantha discovers the letters and diaries of Elena, a past tenant and a survivor of the 1915 Pescina earthquake. Despite the century that separates the two women, Samantha feels increasingly drawn into Elena’s life, and discovers startling parallels with her own.

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Pescina, Italy

25 April 1914

Where do I begin? Mamma blames it all on Father Ignazio. She says if only he had left me to the chores I was employed to carry out at San Berardo and the parish house, my cooking and cleaning would be much improved, and I would not be constantly scribbling on any piece of paper I could find and begging for books to read.

She worries I will never find a husband.

“What man wants a wife who only cares about book learning, when she should be tending the goats, washing the clothes, and baking the bread?” Mamma warns me every day.

Mamma says no peasant girl should study beyond the first years of elementary school. Writing the letters to sign your name and computations for simple transactions are more than enough for a female in our region. She calls it getting above oneself. To mamma, this is the worst sin.

Of course, we weren’t always peasants. We used to have some money, back before papà lost his property. It was never much, but our lives were so much easier back then. My brothers and I even had a tutor to teach us to read and write and to know our history and literature. Those hours were the highlight of my day. My tutor was very pleased with me.

It was hard on us when we lost everything. Only mamma said maybe it was for the best – at least for me. Now she could insist I concentrate on what was most important for girls.

I suppose I am lucky it was Father Ignazio who insisted I keep up with my learning. Mamma may often speak her mind, but she will never argue with our parish priest. She respects him too much, and she worries about punishment in the afterlife if she talks back to a priest. So mamma, who is quick to speak her mind on every occasion, bites her tongue until she draws blood whenever Father Ignazio praises my learning to her.

Papà is proud of my reading and writing. He is the one who bought me this diary and the pen and ink for my birthday. Yes, I can hardly believe it, but today I am sixteen.

Mamma is probably right that a girl who reads and writes would scare off the local boys. Boys in Pescina mostly work the land like their fathers or tend the sheep. But even if I am now sixteen and townspeople consider me a woman, I still feel like a little girl.

All my friends talk about getting married, about preparing their wedding chest and living with their husbands. They make eyes at the boys returning with the sheep, the same boys we scrambled over the mountaintops with just a few years ago.

My friend Concetta even has a sweetheart. She always goes to the fountain to gather the water at the same hour so that she can meet Domenico on his way back to town after a day working in the fields.

Sometimes I see them together walking on the path back to town, the ruins of the castle watchtower above them in the distance. They look so happy in one another’s company, laughing and talking, finding excuses for their hands to brush together.

When Concetta and I are together, sewing or baking bread, she always seems to have a far-away look in her eyes, and I sense that she does not hear what I say, that her thoughts are only for Domenico now. Mamma says one day I’lll feel that way about a boy, too, but I wonder if I ever will.


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Kimberly grew up in the suburbs of Boston and in Saratoga Springs, New York, although she now calls the Harlem neighborhood of New York City home when she’s back in the US. She studied political science and history at Cornell University and earned her MBA, with a concentration in strategy and marketing, from Bocconi University in Milan.

Afflicted with a severe case of Wanderlust, she worked in journalism and government in the US, Czech Republic and Austria, before settling down in Rome, where she works in international development, and writes fiction any chance she gets.

She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and The Historical Novel Society and has published several short stories and three novels: Three Coins, Dark Blue Waves and In The Shadow of The Apennines.

After years spent living in Italy with her Italian husband and sons, she’s fluent in speaking with her hands, and she loves setting her stories in her beautiful, adoptive country.

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